baby new potato collection
baby new potato collection
- 6 × 5 tubers
- Standard (dispatched separately)
- These come in 6 'taster' packs, each containing 5 tubers (so you will receive 30 tubers in total)
- Position: sun-partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well drained
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Harvesting period: June to July
- Hardiness: protect tubers from frost
Great for gardeners who want to try different varieties, or have limited space and want to grow their potatoes on the patio, the 5 tubers in each pack are the perfect number to plant in our specialist planters.
This collection contains five tubers of each of the following six varieties.
- 'Casablanca' (PBR): a new, multi-purpose first early potato with a smooth white skin, shallow eyes and a creamy flesh. A handsome potato, that is rapidly becoming the exhibitors (and chefs) favourite.
- 'Charlotte': a very popular salad variety, which produces pear-shaped, yellow skinned waxy potatoes with creamy-yellow flesh. They are full of flavour and delicious either hot or cold. This variety also has high resistance to foliage and tuber blight.
- 'International Kidney':First introduced in 1879, 'International Kidney' is still sought after today for its sublime texture and rich, buttery flavour. Traditionally known as an early maincrop, it is often grown (and sold in the supermarkets) as a new, second early or salad potato. It's a first class all-rounder!
- 'Rocket': a very heavy cropping variety with pure white flesh, which is waxy and soft at first digging. Easy to grow, it produces a bumper, early crop. It also has good all round disease resistance .
- 'Swift' (PBR): hailed as one of the earliest croppers, with white-skinned, oval potatoes that have a creamy coloured flesh that is ideal for boiling. Their compact habit makes them ideal for containers.
- 'Pink Fir Apple': This late maincrop potato has knobbly pink skinned tubers of butter yellow, waxy flesh. An unusual potato that's great as a salad potato but can also be used to make delicious chips - with a single tuber for each chip! It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.
- Garden care: As soon as the potato tubers have been delivered you should unpack them and start the chitting (sprouting) process. Place them in single layer in a seed tray without compost and leave in a light, cool area protected from frost. This can be started about six weeks before you intend to plant them. Early varieties can be planted out under frost fleece protection, but the later varieties should be planted after the worst frosts have passed in your area - this is generally mid March to mid April. Dig a trench 8 - 13cm (3 - 5in) deep adding a general purpose fertiliser to the bottom of the trench. Plant the potato tubers in the trenches about 30cm (12in) apart, being careful not to knock the shoots off the tubers, and keeping the shoots facing upwards. Then lightly cover with soil. As the plants get to around 20cm (8in) tall you need to bank up the soil around the plant, so the soil covers the bottom two thirds of the plant. Watering your plants well will help improve crop yield and discourage potato scab.